Furious 7, AKA: Vehicular Warfare, AKA: Transporter Vs Riddick, AKA: Straight! Up! Ridiculous!!
There are times in a man’s life when he just has to stand up and yell “This is too damn crazy!!” …that hasn’t happened for me, yet, despite the valiant, aggressive, insane efforts of Furious 7. As an avid movie buff there are things that bother me, like bad plots, bad acting, bad pacing… the list goes on. There are also times when I understand that a film should not be too harshly judged on it’s merits as an art form, and instead should simply be enjoyed for how absolutely grandiose it is. Fans of the franchise are already familiar with insane stunts and a loose interpretation of a plot. Things like driving a 50 ton safe though a city or fighting on a huge airplane that’s driving down a seemingly endless runway.
The Fast and Furious films are pros at mixing testosterone filled action sequences with fast cars, but this installment rips off the adrenaline filter that I didn’t even know existed! This movie is a loose string of events that lead into boss fight after boss fight like Grand Theft Auto meets Metal Gear Solid! There is a story, a method to the madness. Somehow, through the storm of flying wreckage and savage beatdowns, they still find a way to introduce a homicidal Warlord and a shady government agency. They mix in some exotic locations and plenty of very beautiful women, in very little clothing. All while still finding a way to slow down and allow you to appreciate the little details, like a Rock Bottom, and a bulletproof car, jumping from building to building,while 100 stories high. A minigun toting firefight with a helicopter….you know….the little things.
The cast is incredible. there are the usual suspects: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacis. However the new blood really elevates this film. The introduction of Jason Statham, alone, puts this film on a whole new level. Add in the likes of Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, and “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and what you get is one badass movie. While watching Furious 7, I couldn’t help but think, “I hope that Sylvester Stallone will watch this movie and understand what The Expendables should have been.” Which is exactly what you will get when you see this film. The over-the-top action movie that our generation deserves, dammit!
As a side note, I’d like to say that there are things in this movie that should absolutely be appreciated. Scenes that are almost too surreal. Specifically the funeral scene. We all know Haan dies in Tokyo Drift so no spoiler there. It’s in the trailer, but the scene at the funeral, with Vin, Paul, and the others….it will give you chills. Kudos to Vin Diesel and the producers for keeping that scene in the film, I know there had to be some hesitation.